Rainy weather and other complications will cause the closure of Mount Zion Road between Frederick and Jefferson to extend for three weeks as crews repair a stream embankment damaged by erosion.

Mount Zion Road between Mount Phillip Road and Stone Road was closed on April 8 and was expected to reopen Friday.

But the spring’s rainy weather has left workers unable to finish the work on the embankment stabilization and other parts of the project on time, said Ian Selock, the project’s manager for the county’s Office of Transportation Engineering.

The road is now expected to reopen June 7, the county announced Thursday.

The work is more than half done, despite the wet weather, Selock said.

Stabilizing the embankment has included cutting into the slope to get a stable footing, then building the slope back using stone, fabric, and plastic materials.

Workers are also putting large stone material along the creek to help prevent future erosion, Selock said.

The erosion of the embankment has been connected to last May’s heavy rain and flooding, he said.

The project’s contractor, Modern Foundations, is stabilizing the failing embankment, doing minor pavement patching, and turf grass establishment.

Mount Zion Lutheran Church sits between the two points of the closure on Mount Zion Road, but attendance hasn’t been affected much, said Pastor Ken Jill.

Some of the 25 to 30 members of the congregation who live on Braddock Mountain have had to change their route to church, but otherwise the church has seen little impact, Jill said.

Even though the road is closed to through traffic, local traffic is still able to access it.

Signed detours will remain in place.

One detour will use a combination of Mount Phillip Road, Butterfly Lane and Jefferson Pike, while another will use Stone Road, Teen Barnes Road and Jefferson Pike.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

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